Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

  • Title: Associate Professor
    Department / Research Program: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology & Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
    Email: tasefa@rci.rutgers.edu
    Phone: 848-445-2970
    Detailed Profile: http://rutchem.rutgers.edu/asefa_teddy
    Research Areas: Catalysis, nanomaterials synthesis, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, water splitting and hydrogen production, fuel cells, solar PV.
    Energy Research Focus: Development of novel, sustainable nanomaterials that allow the production of ‘clean’ and renewable energy (such as hydrogen) from sustainable sources (such as water). Development of new synthetic methods for various novel multifunctional nanomaterials for catalysis, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis and investigation of their properties. Synthesis of novel nanostructured and nanoporous semiconductor thin films for solar cells.
  • Title: Assistant Professor
    Department / Research Program: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
    Email: fuat.celik@rutgers.edu
    Phone: 848-445-5558
    Detailed Profile: http://celik.rutgers.edu/
    Research Areas: Catalysis, Photocatalysis, Biofuels, Carbon Capture
    Energy Research Focus: We seek to understand how the microscopic structure and chemical composition of a catalyst relate to the macroscopically observable activity and selectivity for a desirable chemical reaction. We apply this to developing alternative and renewable fuels and chemicals.
  • Title: Assistant Professor
    Department / Research Program: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
    Email: shishir.chundawat@rutgers.edu
    Phone: 848-445-3678
    Detailed Profile: http://rci.rutgers.edu/~spc120/
    Research Areas: Biochemical Engineering, Protein Engineering, Carbohydrate-Active Enzyme Engineering, Glycoengineering & Glycobiology, Chemo-enzymatic Synthesis of Glycans & Glycoconjugates, Industrial Bioseparations, Protein Adsorption, Biomass Process Engineering, Cellulosic Biofuels Production, Cellulose & Carbohydrate Chemistry
    Energy Research Focus: The Glycan Engineering Laboratory (GEL) led by Dr. Chundawat at Rutgers University takes a carbohydrate or 'glycan-centric' approach to sustainably addressing relevant problems in the areas of bioenergy, biomedical, and biomaterials engineering. Dr. Chundawat has multidisciplinary expertise working with carbohydrate-active enzymes; protein modeling, engineering, expression (using E. coli, yeast and cell free wheat germ based expression systems), and purification; carbohydrate chemistry and their processing; and developing analytical techniques for characterization of glycans and protein-glycan interactions. GEL research can be primarily organized into three areas; (A) Glycosyl hydrolase enzyme engineering and lignocellulosic biomass bioprocessing to enable low-cost biofuel production, (B) Understanding protein-glycan binding interactions using complementary bulk adsorption and single-molecule binding analytical methods to develop mechanistically-validated protein bioseparation models, and (C) Developing chemoenzymatic pathways for synthesis of glycoproteins and glycoconjugates to facilitate designer biologics and biomaterials production.
  • Title: Associate Professor
    Department / Research Program: Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
    Email: silvina@soe.rutgers.edu
    Phone: 848-445-2972, 908-208-6796
    Detailed Profile: http://cbe.rutgers.edu/fac/m-silvina-tomassone
    Research Areas: Catalysis Manufacturing- Impregnation – Calcination, Energy Storage, Lithium Ion Batteries, Graphene Oxide Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries
    Energy Research Focus: Catalysis - Energy storage – Catalysis Manufacturing Nanoparticle production for Energy and Catalysis applications. Computational Modeling of Nanoparticle (Molecular Dynamics) Discrete element Method simulations of Granular flow
  • Title: Assistant Professor
    Department / Research Program: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
    Email: g.tsilo@rutgers.edu
    Phone: 848-445-5809
    Detailed Profile: http://www.tsilomelekis.com/
    Research Areas: In situ / Operando vibrational spectroscopy, Raman, IR, catalysis, shale gas, biomass, biofuels, olefins, alkanes
    Energy Research Focus: Structure-reactivity relationships as they pertain to complex catalytic reactions, solvent effects in biomass processing, catalysis by design